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Malaysia: Malaysia exports jump nearly 8% in November

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s exports rebounded in November to RM72.83bil, which was an increase of 7.8% on-year, exceeding a forecast of a 2.5% increase, on higher exports of manufacturerd goods especially electrical and electronic (E&E) products. The International Trade and Industry Ministry (MITI) said on Friday imports rose 11.1% to RM63.79bil, above the survey of a […]

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Cambodia: Cambodia’s rice exports fall sharply

Cambodia’s milled rice exports only grew by a dismal 0.7% last year compared with 2015 and this was the lowest since 2014, according to government figures released Thursday.  “Last year Cambodia only exported 542,144 tonnes of milled rice and the lowest exports were in the first quarter of the year and December,” said Hean Vanhan, […]

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Laos: Salary Delays Slow Government Work in Laos

As Laos struggles to ensure prompt payment of state workers’ salaries, government employees in some areas are forced to spend half their working hours at private work, threatening the efficient functioning of their departments, sources say. Speaking to RFA’s Lao Service on condition of anonymity, a community development expert based in the capital Vientiane said […]

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Vietnam: Nation’s retail sales jump 10% in 2016

Hanoi — Vietnam’s retail sales of goods and services rose to 10.2 per cent to around US$156.7 billion in 2016, data from the General Statistics Office (GSO) has revealed. The rise – it was 9.8 per cent growth in 2015 – reflects an improvement in both domestic consumption capacity and the lives of people, said […]

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Thailand: Facing the online retail world

Thailand’s fledgling e-commerce players are being forced to grow up under the shadow of global goliaths. By Suchit Leesa-nguansuk Thailand’s online retail market is bracing for stiffer business conditions in 2017 as companies face growing competition from foreign behemoths with deep pockets and worldwide marketing networks. Online sales are expected to continue growing as consumers […]

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Thailand: Can tourism recover?

Despite a fall in Chinese arrivals after the zero-dollar tour crackdown, Thai tourism authorities are convinced that the market will return. The tourism boom is expected to continue in 2017 and remain a major growth driver for the economy even as the industry sees falling Chinese arrivals in the first few months. The crackdown on […]

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